Duterte gov’t hits record-high satisfaction rating: SWS

MANILA — The Duterte administration hit a record-high satisfaction rating, topping all other Philippine presidents, with an “excellent” mark of +70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, polling body Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported Wednesday.

In its Dec. 8-16 poll last year, the SWS found that 79 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with the performance of the Duterte government, 9 percent were unsatisfied, and 12 percent were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied.

The high rating was led by Mindanao at 87 percent, Metro Manila at 71 percent, the rest of Luzon at 67 percent, and Visayas at 57 percent.

The administration’s satisfaction rating was also excellent in Class D, while it was very good in Classes A, B, C, and E.

The survey also found that Filipinos perceive the national administration was very good on: fighting terrorism, helping the poor, building and maintaining public works like roads and bridges, foreign relations, and providing jobs.

Filipinos considered the Duterte government good on the following issues: reconciling with the Muslim rebels, telling the truth to the people, defending the country’s territorial rights, protecting human rights, reconciling with communist rebels, fighting crimes, eradicating graft and corruption, ensuring an efficient public transportation system, ensuring that no family will be hungry, solving the problem of “extrajudicial killings,” and ensuring oil companies do not take advantage of oil prices.

The survey further found the respondents’ perception was moderate on fighting inflation and resolving the traffic problem.

The survey had 1,200 respondents, consisting of 300 each from Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It has a sample error margin of 3% for national percentages and 6% each for Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Source: Philippine News Agency